Albuquerque homeowner enjoys landscape design with international flair
When Angie’s List member Carmen Shirey of Albuquerque, New Mexico, wanted to landscape her yard, she knew a large undertaking awaited.
“The former owners [of my home] did a lot of work in the yard, which must have been almost 20 years old and in great need of a remodel,” she says. “There were decks, pergolas, two-by-fours and concrete reinforcements. Everything was worn and twisted from the sun. All of this had to be removed and cleaned.”
Shirey then discussed the job with George Chrzanowski, who owns highly rated Advanced American Construction in Corrales, New Mexico.
“George laid plumbing and electricity to the edge of the garden where I wanted a flower garden, which is beautifully encased by a red brick retainer wall,” she says. “Japanese-style lamps were built into the wall, creating an ambiance at night. The ground is covered with brown and caramel bricks, which were laid in a basket pattern.”
Shirey says that as part of the $17,300 project, they also built a wall and iron door, which included another retainer wall and more Japanese lamps. Chrzanowski also built a gazebo.
“It [the gazebo] has an Asian flair, but as he told me, it is an old Mexican-style design,” she says. “It has a full roof and gives me the freedom to sit outside in sun and rain.”
Chrzanowski’s work pleased Shirey so much that she also hired him for an interior remodeling project.
“George has a lot of knowledge, and whenever I wanted to design these projects, I was well-educated by George on how he could materialize my dreams,” she says.